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Learn About Program Assessments/CLASS

Learn About Program Assessments / CLASS

The Florida Legislature passed HB 1091 (2018) and HB 419 (2022), which require all contracted School Readiness and VPK providers to receive an annual Program Assessment using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).  The bills intend to increase the quality and accountability of early learning programs.  CLASS is an observational tool that measures the quality of interactions between teachers and children. CLASS assesses interactions in three main areas: emotional/behavioral support, classroom organization, and instructional support.

What to Expect

The CLASS observer moves around the room to watch and takes notes on the interactions among teachers and children for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, they stop to assign scores. They repeat this for four cycles. Observers do their best to stay inconspicuous and avoid interfering with classroom activities. For a more indepth explanation, watch Teachstone’s What to Expect.

CLASS Observation and Scoring

Trained and certified CLASS observers will assess the programs and assign a score at no cost to the provider. Qualifying providers may receive a payment differential based on their CLASS scores. Research shows higher CLASS scores lead to greater student behavior engagement, increased math achievement, and more robust vocabulary and reading outcomes. Watch Bob Pianta explain the CLASS tool.

Program Assessments Resources and Tutorials

DEL – FAST using Star Early LiteracyClick Here
TeachstoneClick Here
DEL – SR and VPK Program AssessmentsClick Here
What is CLASS?Click Here for English Click Here for Spanish
What to Expect During a CLASS Observation VideoWatch Video
Upcoming School Readiness ChangesClick Here
Understanding the CLASS Scoring SystemClick Here
FAQ About CLASSClick Here
Program Assessment FAQ dated September 2019Click Here
CLASS Scoring SystemClick Here
Teachstone Video – What to expect during a CLASS Observation
Watch Video
Teachstone Video – A Teacher’s take on CLASS observationsWatch Video
Video: Using My Teachstone to Deliver on the Promise of CLASS
Watch Video
Video: Why is There a Difference Between Infant and Toddler CLASS Tools?
Watch Video
Teachstone – Teacher Questions Regarding Being ObservedClick Here

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